Foundation Course

About the Foundation Course 

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These introductory courses last four days (two weekends, 3 or 4 weeks apart) making up 24 training hours. We run occasional weekday foundation courses.  See below for dates.                                                       

The Foundation Course is a mixture of lectures and practical group sessions. Group sizes are kept to a maximum of 12. In the initial stages of training the emphasis is on safety and all attendees will be observed by an experienced demonstrator to ensure a safe needling technique.

Lecturing teams are made up of experienced medical acupuncturists. The performance of lecturers and group leaders is critically assessed to maintain a high standard. Teaching on the Foundation Course is based on scientific explanations of acupuncture as far as possible, but it also involves some traditional Chinese concepts.

The normal course fee includes tuition, a set of detailed course notes, 100 needles, lunches and daytime refreshments throughout the two weekends. Courses are non-residential but a list of local hotels and guest houses can be supplied on request.

External CPD is usually applied for from the Royal College of Physicians for all Foundation and Intermediate courses.

Medical Students (4th and 5th year) and final-year students of osteopathy, chiropractic and physiotherapy can attend our Foundation Course. Student places are limited to two per course and there is a generous student discount.

Partcipants who complete the BMAS Foundation Course are entitled to reduced rate membership of the Society for their first two years.

Ladies: There is no evidence that acupuncture is harmful in pregnancy. If you are or suspect you may be pregnant, however, you should bring this to the attention of the teaching staff as it may affect how much needling you receive in the practical sessions.

On completion of the course we would expect the student to be equipped to start to practice medical acupuncture, and to be committed to completing the BMAS Certificate of Basic Competence within 12 months of the course.  On achieving this award BMAS would consider the student to have reached a satisfactory standard for the use of medical acupuncture within their existing scope of professional practice.


The Foundation Course programme

Days 1 & 2

9am - 5.30pm

  • Overview & brief history

  • Safety brief

  • Lecture & practicals on neck, shoulder & arm

  • Trigger points

  • Safety questionnaire

9am - 5pm

  • Lecture & practicals on lower back & leg

  • Neurophysiology

  • Clinical aspects

  • Clinical cases for discussion

  • Safety & side effects


Days 3 & 4

9am - 5pm

  • Traditional acupuncture

  • Lecture and practicals on face & abdomen

  • Segmental Acupuncture

  • Gynaecology & gastrointestinal disorders

  • ENT & respiratory

  • Dermatology

9am - 5pm

  • Electroacupuncture - lecture & practical

  • Neurology & psychology

  • Ear acupuncture & addictions

  • Research & audit

  • Running a clinic

  • Quiz

  • Case presentations


Foundation Course dates and venues

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Course Fees 2017

4 day (two weekends) course - £620
4 day London courses - £650 

Dates and Venues 2017

NORTHWICH Cheshire: BMAS House, Northwich CW8 1AQ
Two weekends: 06/07 May & 10/11 June 2017

GLASGOW: Gartnavel General Hospital
Two weekends: 02/03 September & 30 September/01 October 2017

Four weekdays:  11 - 14 September 2017

Foundation Course for Nurses
NORTHWICH Cheshire: BMAS House, Northwich CW8 1AQ
Long weekend: 22 - 25 September 2017

NORTHWICH Cheshire: BMAS House, Northwich CW8 1AQ
14/15 October & 18/19 November 2017

4/5 November & 2/3 December 2017

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 Six months after finishing your Foundation course please complete this questionnaire to help the BMAS assess the effectiveness of our Foundation Course in promoting the use of acupuncture.